We are in the dawn of a new era folks! The year 2016 will mark the beginning of virtual reality, the future of gaming. The Oculus Rift is prepared to secure a #1 spot in the VR market, but it’s going to have to deal with colossal competition. Gaming powerhouse Sony is preparing to unleash the PS4 Virtual Reality Headset in October 2016, but they’ve got another strategy to knock down the revolutionary Goliath. No release date is set but Giant Bomb learned that all game developers must include a Base Mode for regular PS4 games and NEO mode for PS4K games by October. The evidence discovered by Giant Bomb links to a possible October release. If true, an October release would coincide with the release of the VR. Regardless of its release date, Sony’s going to have to put out all the stops to top the Oculus Rift. The Oculus already began selling units in March and were shipping out pre-orders by January! The Rift may have already gained a head start, but Sony may have time to oust their competitor.
Sony already seems to have two things going in their favor:
Rumored to Be Cheaper than the Rift
Will the PS4K truly match the price of its predecessor?
Despite pre-order sales and an early year release, only 18% of consumers will pay $500 for the Rift. With the PS4 VR retailing at $399, the PS4VR is already $10o+ cheaper than the Oculus Rift. To further place the scales in Sony’s favor, the PS4K is rumored to also be priced at $399. Of course, things change, but if Sony makes the PS4K as affordable as the PS4 and VR, they’ll have a definite edge over the Oculus.
The PS4K: The Ultimate HD Virtual Reality Experience
Along with having greater, CPU, GPU, and memory capacity, the console will support 4K (Ultra High Definition) technology and virtual reality. The PS4K will improve the PS4 VR experience to provide what Sony promises will be a “high-end virtual reality experience”. In one gaming session, gamers will be getting 23 times the resolution that’s offered during the usual PS4 gaming session. With the PS4 VR’s 120 Hz and 90Hz refresh rates surpassing the Rift, the resolution could go up to infinity and beyond. The PS4K’s hardware will also be equipped to handle such large framerates in order to give gamers such a high-end experience.
Will Sony Be the King of Virtual Reality?
While Sony’s prepared to do battle in this challenging new era, they’ll need to drop the negativity in order to beat their competitors. With a positive attitude and a little help from their loyal PlayStation supporters, Sony may very well be the top name in virtual reality gaming.
What do you think about PSVR? Do you think it’ll top its competitors? Let us know!
Sony recently announced the price of their contribution to the virtual reality craze, PlayStation VR. Coming in at $399, it’ll be cheaper than both Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, however, you’ll have to shell out more money for it to actually work. Both the camera that is needed for the console and the controllers will be sold separately, so you’re looking at upwards of $500 in reality, not including the price of any games. Still, with Oculus Rift at $600 and the HTC Vive at $800, it’s still the cheapest in it’s class. Why is VR so expensive?
Whether it’s Neal Stephenson’s ‘Snow Crash,’ Ernie Cline’s nostalgic nerd adventure ‘Ready Player One’ or even ‘The Matrix,’ the concept of ‘virtual reality’ has been around for decades. A frequent tool for science-fiction works, as it was an idea too ahead of the technology of it’s time. Numerous efforts were made to market the idea in the late 80’s and early 90’s, but the technology to make it work was simply not there. That is, until recently. With the Oculus Rift, by ‘Oculus VR’ (as well as numerous competitors) virtual reality is making one final push into the public consciousness, and this time, it’s here to stay.
It won't be long before you can experience Virtual Reality in your own living room.
After scouring the internet trying to find something interesting to present to the table, I came across an article that announced that a release date for the quickly famed Oculus Rift has been rumored by a member of the development team. It quickly gave many points as to why they believed the release date provided was indeed a correct release date for the product, but then stated that it was very important the news be taken as a rumor. Either way, if what they are saying is correct, Oculus Rift will finally be released to the public on April 30th of next year. At the time of discovering this information, I had no idea what Oculus Rift was, let alone what this entailed, so I humored myself only to find myself starving after over eight hours of engrossing research.
Rumors have surfaced that Microsoft is working on a virtual reality headset to compete with the Oculus Rift and Sony’s VR headset Project “Morpheus” which was announced today at GDC. Developers are expressing more and more interest in working with virtual reality headsets and Microsoft obviously does not want to be left out.
There’s a secret fourth floor only accessible by a back elevator at the 222 Third St. office building in Cambridge, Mass.
Hidden on this top floor are endless rows of computer desks, filled with game developers diligently at work. This is where the magic of Boston’s up-and-coming indie game companies happens. 23-year-old Carrie Witt is part of this magic, helping games spring to life with her creative illustrations as the lead artist at developer studio Owlchemy Labs.
“There are so few people in our development team so everyone ends up doing a little of everything,” says Witt.
“The greatest enemy… is the one inside your head.” I’ve never backed anything on Kickstarter before, but those words just might convince me to change.
Now that the 8th generation consoles have released and new perks have been added to these newborn systems, the evolution of gaming continues to take place. Up until recently, gaming consoles were not capable of detecting motion. Now these features are becoming standard along with the addition of gyroscopic controls. The industry has seemingly decided to keep giving gamers more. The greatest thing about this new era is the curiosity that lurks – the possibility of virtual reality. The Oculus Rift, “a massive field view, 107 degrees, quick- response head tracking system that incorporates immersive stereoscopic 3D rendering capabilities” according to Michael Po of Hongkiat. The system is expected to release in 2014 for PC, Linux, and Android.